So now that you know about some of the negative things that could be coming across to potential employers through your body language, how can you change it?
Try Power Posing.
Ever since Social Psychologist Amy Cuddy’s TED talk in 2012 on power posing and confidence, this seemingly small move has become a huge sensation. Basically the pose, which consists of placing your hands on your hips and your feet apart (think Superman or Wonder Woman), when held for around 2 minutes has been scientifically proven to build confidence. Subsequently, Amy’s famous quote of “fake it’ til you become it” has quickly become a part of our modern vernacular. Check out the full talk and see for yourself:
Now that you’ve tried power posing repeat the suggestion in the last post to either record yourself or have a friend watch you while answering common interview questions. Notice the difference? You may now be using the following positive gestures while speaking without even realizing that you’re doing it!
Action: Brisk erect walk
Action: Standing with hands on hips
Action: Open palm
Meaning: Sincerity, Openness
Action: Steepling fingers
Action: Quickly tilted head
Action: Stroking chin
Meaning: Thinking about a decision
Action: Consistent eye contact
Meaning: Confidence, honesty
Now there will be no mistaking your message to employers as your confidence will match your words.